‘It’s not a smart thing’: Educators say Regents exams not fair to students in 2021

New York is canceling most spring and summer high school Regents exams.
The state Board of Regents voted Monday to cancel a majority of Regents exams for 2021 and is asking the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver to not administer any of the tests in 2021.
The board says students won’t need the tests to get their diplomas, all they must do is pass their course to graduate.
As of now, the federal government has mandated that four of the Regents in June must be administered.
Those Regents include English, math, earth science and living environment. However, the scores will not be used to determine whether a student graduates.
The acting assistant education secretary told state leaders they don’t want to do away with the exams completely because they will be used to figure out what impact the pandemic has had on learning.
The New York State United Teachers Organization released a statement saying in part, “In a year, that has been anything but standard, forcing states to administer standardized exams is just plain poor federal policy.”
Many Hudson Valley educators and parents tell News 12 you don't need a test to determine that, and that studies already know many students have fallen behind due to the pandemic. "In a year with so much natural stress of possibly losing family members or losing friends, not knowing where you're going to be, when you're going to get your meal, all these other things roll—it's just not a smart thing to do for kids in this environment," says Anthony Nicidemo, president of the Greenburgh-North Castle United Teachers.